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02-06-04, 09:18 AM
Hello. I have been working on a character (The AIRMAN) for a while now. He was born in a laptop at an undisclosed location during Operation Enduring Freedom. We are both currently enlisted in the United States Air Force. He is a "one striper" which places him very low on the food chain in terms of rank. I created him in the free, Open Source, 3D creation suite called Blender. I realize you are all busy...anyone's advice is greatly appreciated. Anyways here he is:


...and here is the initial sketch that I used as concept art during modeling:


...and here is an image of him in his chemical gear (just the mask for now):


....and here is the start of my expression studies. This is derived from an article I once read which discussed some of the tactics used by Ardman Animation Studios (creators of Chicken Run) in regards to thought expressed through eye behavior. Psychologists once studied the direct relation to eye movemnt and the thought process. The result was a basic breakdown in which I plan to use as a foundation of the AIRMAN's expressions. Anyways...here is ummm....my uh...thought sheet?


...and here is a closer shot of him:


...and here is a sneek peek at the AIRMAN's friend..."BROX". He is the reason why the AIRMAN throws all of his money away on gym supplements. His last name is "Broxon" (pronounced "brocks-in") but the AIRMAN just calls him "Brox".




...and here is some more facial expression shtuff I have been working on for the guys...



...and last but not least a closeup of Brox...


Well, that about wraps it up. Let me know what you all think. Take care, and thank you all for taking the time to view my work.


02-06-04, 04:26 PM
Hi Landis, I remember AIRMAN from the Elysiun forums. A charming character, I bet he will survive any adventure you can imagine.

Advice? I think it's perfect.

02-06-04, 04:31 PM
Great design! Cant wait to see some animation tests!

02-06-04, 09:22 PM
Simply great!!! This one it's an enjoyable character man, the texture work it's good, the modeling too, and the design it's simply fun.

A great piece of CG.

02-06-04, 09:43 PM
awesome character but too much black around the eyes

02-06-04, 10:31 PM
great model and texture, how long have you taken? thank for share!

02-07-04, 11:05 PM
interesting work
show us more ?

02-08-04, 02:45 AM
Thanks alot everyone for all of the feedback. I have been working on this for about 2 years now. As I said, the idea came to me during my deployment to the desert after September 11th. Not to change the subject but I am also working on a self portrait in which I post all of the applicable progress inside of my new Blog. It that can be found on my site:


I also post progress on the AIRMAN there as well...it basically acts as an artists diary. Take care and thanks again everyone. I will keep you all posted.


[Edited on 8/2/2004 by Landis]